Deal lets Tesla electric car company continue New York sales

The Tesla Model S is introduced at the The Tesla Model S is introduced at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. (Jan 15, 2013) Photo Credit: Getty Images

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A deal reached Friday will allow Tesla Motors to continue to sell its electric cars in New York, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced.

The governor said the agreement among Tesla, the New York State Automobile Dealers Association and the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association will resolve a dispute over consumer sales.

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Under the agreement, Tesla will maintain its five currently licensed retail locations in the state. More Tesla retail locations will be established under a strengthened dealer franchise law, the Cuomo administration said. Legislation to implement the agreement will be introduced in the near future.

Two of Tesla's five New York outlets are on Long Island Garden City (Roosevelt Field) and Syosset.

The New York settlement comes just days after the car company struck a somewhat similar deal in Ohio.  

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 Automobile dealers had sought to block Tesla operations in New York, New Jersey, Ohio and other states. Two upstate legislators had proposed a bill to block direct manufacturer-to-consumer sales in New York.

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